Canada at War: NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: Mission Completed

Canol, which put the U.S. Army in the Canadian oil business, was officially opened this week.

After Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Army had to find fuel to power the big bombers winging north in defense of Alaska and the Lend-Lease planes streaking towards the Soviet Union. Officially the manifold project dubbed Canol was proposed to Canada June 27, 1942, started two days later. First step was to expand Norman Wells, an oil field 100 miles south of the Arctic in the great Canadian Northwest. To get Norman crude to a new refinery at Whitehorse, the Army stretched a four-inch surface...

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